New York NY April 25 2019 An 18-year-old is suing Apple for $1 billion following what the lawsuit calls a “traumatic” wrongful arrest that the teen claims was a result of misidentification by Apple’s facial-recognition software.
Ousmane Bah, a college student from New York, filed the claim against Apple and the security firm Security Industry Specialists Inc. on Monday. Bah was still a high-school student when he received a summons from a court in Boston accusing him of stealing $1,200 worth of Apple products — in particular Apple Pencils — from an Apple Store in Boston.
According to the suit, Bah had never been to Boston and was attending his senior prom in Manhattan on the day authorities said the theft took place. Bah was later accused of additional thefts from Apple Stores in New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City.
Bah was arrested in November at 4 a.m. in his home by the New York Police Department on suspicion of stealing from a Manhattan Apple Store. The filing says the police carried out the arrest even though their warrant included a photo of a suspect who didn’t resemble Bah.
The lawsuit says an NYPD detective determined that Bah had been wrongfully arrested, viewing surveillance footage from the store and seeing that the suspect looked “nothing like” Bah.
According to the lawsuit, the detective then told Bah the problem might involve Apple’s facial recognition, saying Apple’s security technology “identifies suspects of theft using facial recognition technology.”